The Foreign and Commonwealth Office visit was on 3rd March, and four AS Level students had the great opportunity to visit the offices and meet with diplomats and officials. This was a fantastic experience organised by Pinky Lilani, who has been a great ‘friend’ to Mulberry girls. Students took part in an essay writing competition, submitting their essays before the event, which announced the winner and runner-ups of the competition. Sadika Begum in year 12 was runner up with her essay on the importance of equal access to education. This is a great achievement, and Sadika, as a prize, will have the opportunity to shadow a Foreign Office official for half a day. The students who attended the visit also submitted essays on the topics of global studies, access to education and the importance of the Foreign Office. These were thought-provoking essays that displayed a great deal of independent research and creativity. Students also had the opportunity to meet senior members of the Foreign Office including the ambassadors to Nigeria and Hong Kong, and the Governor of British overseas territory.
Mulberry School for Girls is delighted to announce that we have been graded Outstanding by Ofsted following an inspection in July 2013. Achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management were all given the highest possible rating of '1'.
The report praised the "exceptional leadership" of the head teacher, Dr. Vanessa Ogden, and the “constantly improving quality of education” which can be seen at Mulberry. Students make “rapid progress” in lessons and a high proportion are “exceeding” expectations. Teaching has improved from good to outstanding since the previous inspection in 2010.
The inspectors described Mulberry pupils as “highly ambitious, confident and principled” young women who are “well informed about employment and cultural opportunities” thanks to links with business leaders, artists and international organisations. The report also notes the “exceptional” social, moral, cultural and spiritual development of pupils and the “extensive” support on offer for parents.
A group of Year 9 and 10 students took the film Justice in Action to the People’s Film Festival (TPFF) in Harlem, New York during the May half term.
The film was made by six young women from Mulberry School in 2012, who walked the paths were war and genocide took place in Bosnia to find out what justice means to those who most want it. TPFF celebrates the power of documentary films when made by the people. Justice in Action was screened on Saturday 1st June at the Maysles Documentary Centre in Harlem and was well received by the audience.
The screening was followed by a question and answer session with the film-makers, during which there was discussion about how, at a time when the youth are perceived ton be un-interested in the world, this project successfully demonstrated how young people have a role in positive world change.
Justice in Action won ‘Best International Documentary’ at the festival. After the success of the film in New York, Justice in Action was selected to be part of the Cutting East Festival, a strand of the East End Film Festival celebrating films made by the youth of Tower Hamlets. The film was screened at the Genesis Cinema on Saturday 29th June 2013 and we also hosted a seven day screening at the Mulberry and Bigland Green Centre for members of the local community.
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